I listened to this amazing pianist again last night. What more can I say than he is one phenomenal pianist. As such, he is the DVD of the Month for February, 2017.
Grigory Sokolov: Live at the Berlin Philharmonie
On this recording we enjoy the following program:
Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 ‘Hammerklavier’
Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op. 117 No. 2
Les tendres plaintes
Pièces de Clavecin 1724: Les Tourbillons
4 Impromptus, D899
Klavierstücke (3), D946
All performed by Grigory Sokolov (piano)
This completely sold out concert was filmed at the Philaharmonie Berlin, which is known for its exquisite acoustics.
In the director’s notes to this new Sokolov film, We read:
“Sokolov himself believes that the concert represents the focal point of musical life and that everything else is artificial. As a result, he is not only reluctant to be recorded but also to be filmed…”
Here is Grigory Sokolov, playing the music of Schubert: